Head to spin class in the wrong shoes and you may find yourself hobbling out after your workout. While some spinning studios offer their own shoes, many riders choose to purchase a pair separately. For one thing, you never know just how thoroughly the shoes have been cleaned between workouts. Then, there’s the issue of fit. If a shoe doesn’t fit right, you can usually tell right away. Shoes that are too tight can rub and lead to blisters, hot spots, or numbness, while shoes that are too wide or loose can leave your feet slipping and sliding as you pedal away.
To ensure you have the proper fit, your toes shouldn’t be mashed against the ends of the shoes or squashed along the sides. Instead, the fit experts at Bespoke Cycling recommend leaving between 3 and 5 millimeters at the end of the shoe. Not only will the extra room keep your toes happy, but it also allows for more space to accommodate thicker socks. To make sure the fit is solid, you can try holding the back of the shoe and keeping an eye on the heel. A shoe that fits properly will prevent the heel from moving when you pull up.
The best shoes for spin class don’t come in one specific package. Maybe the best shoes for your fit have plenty of arch support, while for another rider, the best shoes have adjustable straps for the most secure fit. While size and fit are generally the most important considerations, cleat compatibility is also important. At least for spin class, an SPD-compatible shoe is probably enough. If you plan to use the shoes for mountain biking or road riding, you may want to consider whether the shoes have SPD-SL or mountain bike compatibility. You also likely want to be proud of the way your shoes look when you walk into class. Many of the best shoes for spin class on this list come in many different colors, giving you a wider selection as you shop.
(Technically, spinning and indoor cycling are similar in concept, but the equipment is different. Still, the shoes should be compatible with either.)
Here are our top picks for the best shoes for spin class in 2019:
- Best overall spin shoes for women: Pista 100
- Best overall spin shoes for men: Giro Treble II
- Best value for women: Shimano RP2
- Best value for men: Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex
- Best for comfort: Gavin Mountain Bike Mesh Indoor Fitness Cycling Shoe
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